Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, left, and wide receiver Keenan Reynolds watch a drill during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, left, and wide receiver Keenan Reynolds watch a drill during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, and fullback Chris Swain can defer their military service to play in the NFL.

Carter made the announcement Friday during his graduation speech to the academy in Annapolis.

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As students cheered the news about their graduating classmates, Carter said: "Go get 'em."

Reynolds was drafted in the sixth round by the Ravens. He is the NCAA's career leader in touchdowns and finished his career with 88 TDs and 31 touchdown passes while leading Navy's triple-option offence. The Ravens plan to use him as a receiver and kick returner.

Keenan Reynolds' next challenge will be seizing a roster spot

With it now likely that Keenan Reynolds will get permission from the Navy to play in 2016, the focus shifts to him making the Ravens' roster.

Swain has signed with the San Diego Chargers.

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